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Old Time Radio Researchers GroupFort Laramie - Single Episodes

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Fort Laramie opened with "Specially transcribed tales of the dark and tragic ground of the wild frontier. The saga of fighting men who rode the rim of empire and the dramatic story of Lee Quince, Captain of Cavalry".

When Norman Macdonnell created Fort Laramie in late 1955, he made it clear to his writers that historical accuracy was essential to the integrity of the series. Correct geographic names, authentic Indian practices, military terminology, and utilizing actual names of the original buildings of the real fort, was insisted upon. So when the radio characters referred to the sutler's store (which is what the trading post was called prior to 1870), the surgeon's quarters, Old Bedlam (the officers' quarters) or the old bakery, they were naming actual structures in the original fort.

While Macdonnell planned to use the same writers, soundmen, and supporting actors in Fort Laramie that he relied upon in Gunsmoke, he naturally picked different leads. Heading up the cast was a 39 year old, Canadian-born actor with a long history in broadcasting and the movies, Raymond Burr. He had begun his career in 1939, alternating between the stage and radio. He turned to Hollywood, and from 1946 until he got the part of Captain Lee Quince in Fort Laramie in 1956, he had appeared in thirty-seven films. A few were excellent (Rear Window, The Blue Gardenia) some were average (Walk a Crooked Mile, A Place in the Sun) but many were plain awful (Bride of Vengeance, Red Light, and Abandoned).

With Burr in the lead, Macdonnell selected two supporting players: Vic Perrin as "Sgt. Goerss" and Jack Moyles as "Major Daggett", the commanding officer of the post. (The original Fort Laramie usually had a Lieutenant Colonel as the C.O. but Macdonnell probably preferred a shorter military title.) Perrin, a 40 year old veteran radio actor had been in countless productions, but had achieved name recognition only on The Zane Grey Show where he played the lead, "Tex Thorne." Jack Moyles was also a busy radio actor, having started in 1935 in Hawthorne House, with later major roles in Romance, Twelve Players, Night Editor as well as the lead in A Man Called Jordan. From 1947 to 1948 he was a regular in The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, which Norman Macdonnell directed, although this may not have been their first association.

By the mid-1950s when Fort Laramie began, most of the actors on the west coast were doing some television and movie work so the program was rehearsed and taped for transcription during the evening. Once a week the cast and crew gathered at CBS Studio One in Hollywood to tape the show. In 1956 this was the last radio production studio in use in California. The series debuted on January 22, 1956 with an episode entitled "Playing Indian."

Fort Laramie aired forty one episodes from January 22, 1956 to October 28, 1956. An audition episode was recorded on July 25, 1955.

NOTE: Updated Release! All version 3 episodes have been upgraded to 128 encodes (04-Jul-2012).

This audio is part of the collection: Old Time Radio
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Artist/Composer: Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Keywords: OTRR; Old Time Radio Researchers Group; Old Time Radio; OTRR Single Episodes; Fort Laramie; OTRR Updated Release; Western; 1955; 1956; 1950s; OTRR Updated Release; OTRR - 2012-07

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This is a production of the Old Time Radio Researchers Group located at Old Time Radio Researchers Website and the Old Time Radio Researchers Group.

It contains the most complete and accurate version of this series in the best sound possible at the time of creation. An updated version will be issued if more episodes or better sounding ones become available.

If you are interested in preserving old time radio, you may wish to join the Old Time Radio Researchers Group at Yahoo.

This is the Single Episode Page. The Certified Set includes extras not found here. It is located at OTRR Certified Set. This page is provided in case you want to sample the shows.

Note that in many cases, file names have been modified from the original OTRR names to conform to archive.org naming requirements.

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Individual Files

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(Audition) 14.0 MB
Playing Indian 27.0 MB
Fort_Laramie_56-01-29_ep02_Boatwright's_Story 27.2 MB
Squaw Man 27.0 MB
The Woman at Horse Creek 27.3 MB
Boredom 27.1 MB
Fort_Laramie_56-02-26_ep06_Captain's_Widow 27.1 MB
Shavetail 27.2 MB
Hattie Pelfrey 26.6 MB
The Beasley Girls 26.7 MB
The Coward 26.8 MB
Lost Child 27.4 MB
Stage Coach Stop 27.5 MB
The New Recruit 27.6 MB
Fort_Laramie_56-04-29_ep14_Quince's_Capture 27.6 MB
Never the Twain 27.3 MB
War Correspondent 27.8 MB
Black Hills Gold 27.7 MB
Fort_Laramie_56-05-27_ep18_Sergeant_Gorce's_Baby 27.6 MB
Fort_Laramie_56-06-03_ep19_Don't_Kick_My_Horse 27.4 MB
Young Trooper 27.6 MB
Winter Soldier 27.3 MB
The Loving Cup 27.6 MB
Fort_Laramie_56-07-01_ep23_Trooper's_Widow 27.3 MB
Talented Recruits 27.5 MB
Old Enemy 27.4 MB
Fort_Laramie_56-07-22_ep26_Spotted_Tail's_Return 27.1 MB
Nature Boy 26.9 MB
The Massacre 27.6 MB
Assembly Line 27.5 MB
Goodbye Willa 27.3 MB
The Chaplain 27.5 MB
The Return of Hattie Pelfrey 27.2 MB
The Buffalo Hunters 27.3 MB
The Payroll 27.7 MB
The Woman at Horse Creek 29.8 MB
A Small Beginning 27.1 MB
Galvanized Yankee 22.7 MB
Still Waters 22.7 MB
Indian Scout 22.8 MB
Army Wife 22.6 MB
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Reviewer: badgers58 - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - January 25, 2012
Subject: What a WONDERFUL resource!!!
I give this site 10 stars - 5 just is not enough for all they offer!

Reviewer: XMinusOne - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 28, 2011
Subject: It's a great show...a great series...I just think others are better
Fort Laramie has excellent research, writing, and sound effects; it has excellent acting. It's as good as any show, not just any western, but for some reason I can't explain, I'm not a fan of the show and have never gotten into it. I like The Six Shooter, Frontier Gentleman, and most of Gunsmoke, much much more than Fort Laramie. I think Fort Laramie is considerably better than The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid, Hopalong Cassidy, or other old time radio westerns. And,as I said, I have no idea why I'm not a fan of the show.

That said, if I was going to recommend an Gunsmoke as a serious and authentic western old-time-radio show, it would almost certainly be Fort Laramie on second thought. I would almost certainly, on first thought, say The Six Shooter or Frontier Gentleman but they're not nearly as authentic.

Reviewer: livnos - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 27, 2011

Reviewer: Coash Road - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 26, 2011
Subject: If you like Gunsmoke you should also like Fort Laramie
The quality of the acting and writing is top notch. This includes the "sound patterns." Finally, the sound quality is amazing. These recordings sound like they were made yesterday.

Reviewer: ChargerJoe - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 14, 2009
Subject: Excellent program!
I love this show! I've perused a few different shows this past couple of months but Fort Laramie is by far my favorite.

Reviewer: skydog86 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 7, 2009
Subject: Good show
An entertaining show, could have definitely had a few more seasons if radio wasn't slowly losing to TV.

Does anyone think that Lee Quince sounds exactly like Zap Brannigan from Futurama?

Reviewer: jktemplin - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 20, 2007
Subject: Fort Laramie
The programs were written very well and it is a shame that it never made it to TV in 1957 or even today!

Reviewer: Galland - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 15, 2007
Subject: Fort Laramie
Fort Laramie was a vary well written and acted and Norman Mcdonnell was an good director.

Reviewer: hess - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - September 1, 2007
Subject: Fort Laramie-Single Episodes
Fort Laramie was not a bad little show do to work of the shows director Norman Mcdonnell, who wanted everything historically correct.